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How can we manage toward more resilient landscapes? Assessing how riparian areas could help wildlife move through anthropogenic matrices

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(Thesis) M.R.M.
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Landscapes are lessening their ability to support wildlife because of threats from climate change and anthropogenic development. As a result, managers must focus on promoting landscape resilience to maintain all major biotic functional groups. The goal of this research was to explore the potential for riparian areas to serve as a component in landscape-wide management plans to promote resilience. I performed a literature review which discussed the utility of riparian areas by wildlife. I addressed how land use change and climate change could shape how wildlife use riparian areas. I also performed an empirical study of the effects of development intensity and stream channel morphology on mammalian use of riparian areas. I determined that riparian areas are valuable as habitat for wildlife and are important contributors towards landscape resilience. I suggest that management towards landscape resilience requires consideration at both the local habitat patch and broader landscape scales.
180 pages.
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Thesis advisor: Little, Chelsea
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